No, Matt Damon Isn't Moving To Australia Because Of Trump, Actor's Rep Says
Fans of Matt Damon can now rest assured that he and his family won't be moving to Australia, amid reports claiming he got fed up with U.S. President Donald Trump.
News broke out recently that Damon and his family are heading to the Land Down Under after sources claim he bought a house beside the property of Chris Hemsworth, where he appeared with in the film Thor: Ragnarok. To be specific, he purchased a house in Byron Bay, New South Wales.
"Matt's telling friends and colleagues in Hollywood that he's moving the family to Australia," a Page Six insider said, and added the 47-year-old The Martian star is eyeing Australia as a safe place to raise his kids.
As for his work, his moving to Australia won't get affected as Damon was reportedly willing to travel to production locations. Apparently, Trump was cited as his reason, and, plain as day and evident on his history, he had been one of Hollywood's staunch critics of the president.
However, the news is totally a hoax. Jennifer Allen, Damon's rep, recently shut down these rumors and explained that the actor did not buy a house in Australia, contrary to the sources' claims that he was keen on moving with wife, Luciana Barroso, and their four children.
Yes, Damon did go to Australia for a couple of times, but that doesn't mean he got a house. News outlets that picked the news up were clearly electrocuted, as a more reliable person has spoken up about the matter. However, the actor has yet to issue his statement.
Perhaps the sources' accounts were easily believed as Damon, a liberal, had been vocal about his disagreements of Trump's policies, make it even before the magnate even snatched the presidency.
"To let that dude have the nuclear football, are you kidding me? He's impulsive and rash, and doesn't seem to think deeply about too many things," Damon said of Trump.
Additionally, rumors were easily milled as Damon wasn't the only A-lister who expressed his desire to move out of the United States after Trump's too-many-to-mention media-buzzing statements. Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, and Samuel L. Jackson were reported of planning to head out, although none had materialized.
Another factor that seemed to be considered was Damon's recent ire-drawing statements with regard to the Harvey Weinstein controversy. The Bourne Legacy actor received backlash for his insensitive remarks on the controversial issue. His moving to Australia was allegedly a bid to escape this mess.
"I really wish I'd listened a lot more before I weighed in on this," Damon said in an interview, and in which he apologized for his statements.